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Mass of an Atom and magnetics problem

  1. Apr 13, 2010 #1
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    The mass of an atom can be determined by ionizing it and accelerating it through a known electric field followed by a known magnetic field. The ion’s circular path is then measured. Calculate the mass of a chlorine anion of charge 3.20 x 10-19 C if it follows a circular path of radius 0.862 cm after it has been accelerated through a potential difference of 2.5 x102 V and the exposed to a uniform magnetic field of strength 3.00 T .


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    I don`t even know where to begin. I can calculate the velocity of the atom after it is accelerated. Nut how does knowing the velocity, radius and field strength help me find its mass?
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  3. Apr 13, 2010 #2

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    Do you mean the velocity expressed in terms of mass? Please, let us see your work.

    The ion moves in a circle. How does centripetal force fit into this? :wink:
     
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